Yemen attack: Al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility for killing 52

Al Qaeda-backed group on Friday claimed the responsibility for yesterday’s attack on Yemen’s Defence Ministry in Sana’a wherein at least 52 doctors and nurses were killed and dozens injured.

Zee Media Bureau

Aden: Al Qaeda-backed group on Friday claimed the responsibility for yesterday’s attack on Yemen’s Defence Ministry in Sana’a wherein at least 52 doctors and nurses were killed and dozens injured.

The Yemeni al Qaeda branch, al-Mallahem, claimed the responsibility for the attack on Twitter and said that the attack followed the rise in US drone strikes in Yemen.

"As part of a policy to target drone control rooms, the mujahedeen have dealt a heavy blow to one", al Qaeda group said.

A suicide bomber blew up the gates of the Yemen Defence Ministry in his explosives-laden car. Soon after that militants in military uniform entered the compound and triggered a gunbattle.

On the other hand, US defence official has said that the US military is prepared to support its Yemeni partners.

Yemeni security forces are fighting regional rebels and al Qaeda, while combating lawlessness and Army splits.

Among the dead are seven foreigners, two Filipinos, two Germans, one Indian and two Vietnamese.

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